When we planned to return to Hamilton Island in April this year we booked into the same apartment we’d stayed in on our last trip. Unfortunately, Cyclone Debbie had other plans and the apartment needed major repairs resulting in us not only altering the time of year we would travel, but also where we stayed. Hibiscus Lodge 1 was described on the Hamilton Island Holiday Homes website as single-level and family-friendly and it was perfect for us. Not only is Hibiscus Lodge 1 a spacious apartment, but it has a central location, right near Catseye Beach and the island’s main facilities. Sometimes life has a funny way of turning out and when we return to the island (you’ll notice I say “when” not if we return), we’ll definitely be rebooking Hibiscus Lodge 1 apartment. This is not a wheelchair accessible apartment so if you’re looking for accommodation with fully accessible facilities I suggest you read my review of the Reef View Hotel here.
There is so much to love about this property. I adored having a water view, a wallaby visited daily to graze on the lawn in front of the lodge, a possum popped in each night and the cockatoos paraded across the lawn like soldiers, though I think they were actually scoping out the afternoon tea we were enjoying on the terrace.
We were a short buggy ride to the beach but the complex also has its own pool which is accessed via a ramp from the apartment block. AJ was the only one to take a dip, the rest of us prefer the ocean when it’s so warm and lovely.
Hibiscus Lodge 1 is on the ground floor of the multi-level complex with a small step into the apartment.
The two-bedroom apartment is light-filled and spacious with a view to Catseye Beach. We took full advantage of sitting on the terrace watching the paddle-boarding and catamarans when we weren’t at the beach ourselves – the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine and some nibbles.
The Fishi’s Whitsunday prawns available from the IGA supermarket are the best!
The lounge area provided plenty of seating for our family and a three seater couch for BJ to stretch out on for watching his movies when he was up early in the mornings. We appreciated the free-flow and lack of furniture clutter throughout. It made wheelchair manoevering easy.
The large king-bedded (non-split) main bedroom has views to Catseye beach and room to spare. Complete with TV, DVD player and air-conditioner the room is extremely comfortable and well equipped.
A large walk-in robe ensured we weren’t falling over our luggage and had space to unpack and really settle in for our stay.
We requested a shower chair for our stay which we used in the shower recess of the ensuite bathroom. It just fitted, but worked well for BJ. We travel with a large plastic cup to wash BJ’s hair which we needed as the ensuite bathroom has a fixed shower head.
The window in the shower recess allowed those of us standing for a shower a lovely view of Catseye Beach.
Now that the island has a fabulous new IGA supermarket, with a wonderful range of food choices, we thoroughly appreciated having a full kitchen with stove top, oven, microwave, full-size fridge and dishwasher. It made self-catering many of our meals easy.
The barbecue on the terrace got Hubby cooking me eggs for breakfast which was a lovely holiday treat. Judging by the lovely aromas which wafted our way in the evening, I think many of our neighbours popped their dinner on the barbie.
The compact second bedroom contains a double bed and single bed, built-in wardrobe and air-conditioner for those balmy Queensland evenings.
Next door to the second bedroom is the main bathroom which has a toilet, shower and sink.
Although I’d love to take a holiday from washing, washing never seems to take a holiday from the family and therefore I’m always happy to find a washing machine and dryer in an apartment. Hibiscus 1 has a large drying rack on the terrace so we didn’t need the dryer during our stay.
A golf buggy is included in the rental of Hibiscus 1 Lodge. This was definitely BJ’s favourite feature of the apartment.
Bougainvillea Pool is just minutes away and located opposite Hibiscus Lodge. This pool is great for families because it has varying water depths, including a shallow area to sit or wade.
Access to the pool area is wheelchair accessible and there’s access to a wheelchair accessible bathroom nearby.
You can read more about Hibiscus Lodge 1 here.
We were guests of Hamilton Island for a portion of our stay. As always our opinions are our own and our enthusiasm is the result of a great stay.